Season 2 Episode 8

Double Shock

Aired Unknown Mar 25, 1973 on NBC

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  • Martin Landau plays feuding twin brothers who kill their uncle to gain access to his inheritance. Julie Newmar puts in a rather sexy performance as the dead-man's bride to be. Dabney Coleman plays the straight man detective to Columbo.

    "You must belong in some pig stye," says Mrs. Peck, the housekeeper in the Paris home, when Columbo drops cigar ashes on her precious floor. Columbo's spats with Mrs. Peck (Jeanette Nolan) are hilarious and jarring. Her outbursts show more anger than you'll see out of any murderer or from Columbo himself in the whole series.

    Columbo does some excellent sleuthing here, but the comedy in this show is what makes it special. Scenes with Julie Newmar are also very funny. The show is from the second season. The story was written by the Columbo master, Jackson Gillis. Comedy has always been central to Columbo and the older episodes did it so well.

    Landau as the twins is sufficiently evil and confusing.
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